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Guidelines for the preparation of the 2016 - 2018 Budget

In accordance with Article 179 (I) of the Constitution and Regulation 152 (I) of the Financial Administration Regulations, we circulate on behalf of H.E. the President, for your information and necessary action, guidelines for the preparation of the 2016-2018 Budget Proposals which will inform the preparation of the Government's Budget and Economic Policy.
 
2. The 2016-2018 Budget will be based on the Medium Term Development Plans of MDAs and MMDAs which have been developed using the Ghana

EU to resume budget support

The European Commission is to resume budget support disbursements to Ghana.
The EU will release in total, 161.38 million Euros of budget support to Ghana in the coming weeks. The good news was announced by the EU Ambassador to Ghana, William Hanna, at a meeting with government officials in Accra on Friday. This support is aimed at four areas-105.63 million euros to support implementation of the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda II, Ghana’s National Development Plan for 2014-2017 ...

Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes: Ghana’s Take

Ghana’s journey to the GF began in 2007 when Ghana established an International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) which permitted offshore banks to operate in Ghana. The offshore banks made it possible for non-resident persons (both individuals and companies) to open offshore bank accounts in Ghana. As at October, 2010 only one bank had been issued a license to operate offshore banking in Ghana. However, the license was surrendered to the Bank of Ghana (BoG) in 2011. 

PROGRESS MADE IN FISCAL MANAGEMENT

Introduction

  1. Ghana has witnessed significant economic growth over the past decade with real GDP growth rising steadily from 3.7 percent in 2000 to 11.5 percent in 2011 before decelerating to 4.0 percent in 2014 mainly on account of energy challenges.
  2. Due to a combination of unfavourable global factors and domestic challenges, the economy has come under severe stress since 2012, leading to double digits fiscal and external current account deficits.
GHANA’S PROGRAMME WITH THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF)

Introduction

  1. On Friday, 3rd April, 2015, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a 3-year Extended Credit Facility (ECF) Programme for Ghana.
  2. A total amount of SDR664.20 million (US$918 million) will be given to Ghana as balance of payments support over the 3-year period. The total amount will be disbursed in eight (8) equal tranches. The first disbursement was made immediately after the Executive Board approval of the programme.
  3. The remaining seven (7) disbursements will be made after the observance of the performance criteria and completion of reviews under the Programme.
Ghana to scientifically determine unemployment rate

The Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations would soon roll out a Labour Market Information System to facilitate scientific studies into labour market issues, including the determination of unemployment rate in Ghana.

The move is coming off as a result of the Capacity Development Mechanism (CDM) being implemented by the government to help improve service delivery in public institutions.

 

2ND NATIONAL FORUM ON SSPP ISSUES COMMUNIQUE

Partners have agreed to commence determination of the National Daily Minimum Wage and Public sector wage negotiation for 2016 on June.23 and conclude by September this year, a 41-point communiqué issued at the end of the 2nd National Forum on the implementation of the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP) at Takoradi.

President Tasks PSC to crack then whip

President John Dramani Mahama last Friday tasked the Public Services Commission (PSC) and other relevant stakeholders to step up supervision in the public sector, to maximize production and performance.

Workshop assesses impact of Capacity Development Mechanism

THE Chairperson of the Implementation Steering Committee of the Capacity Development Mechanism (CDM), Mrs. Bridget Katsriku, has encouraged the government to adopt the mechanism in all public sector institutions to ensure effective service delivery and accountability.
 
According to her, the CDM pilot project, started in 2012, was a joint effort of the government of Ghana and the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development by which funds would be made available to public sector agencies and institutions to develop and implement programmes in capacity building, and afterwards assessed for impact made to help eradicate corruption and inefficiency in the public service.

World Bank Mobilizes New Financing to Scale-up Electricity Access, Strengthen ECG's Finances & Improve Service Delivery
WASHINGTON, April 30, 2015. The World Bank Groups Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$60 million International Development Association (IDA*) credit for Ghana to improve the Electricity Company of Ghanas (ECG) financial performance, minimize its commercial losses, and ultimately contribute to increased revenue and cash flow. 

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